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Fossil Digging

Fossil Digging

Fossil Digging at Wheeler County High School Fossil Beds.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Mountain bikes tackle Black Butte Road—one of many Wheeler County back road cycle routes.



The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs

Ground Breaking

Ground Breaking

Groundbreaking for the Oregon Paleo Lands Center with United States Senator Ron Wyden.



Day hiking in the John Day River Basin

Day Hikes

Day Hikes

Day hikes throughout the John Day River Basin.

Oregon Paleo Lands  
Institute Center

2024 Summer Hours

Thursday - Sunday 


*we will be closed

one hour for lunch

Want to Volunteer?

The Paleo Lands Center invites you, to meet the public and school groups at our educational hub of the John Day Basin. Volunteers can serve as Board Members, Advisors, Center helpers and docents and help share exciting natural history exhibits, brochures, and books with visitors and schools.
Please Contact the Center at

541-763-4480 or for details


Road and Weather Conditions


*Please call or email if you would like to schedule your school group for a visit during the week. Thank you!


Contact Information

333 West Fourth Street

Post Office Box 104

Fossil, OR 97830
Phone: (541) 763-4480




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